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Protest in Hitler's “National Community”
Popular Unrest and the Nazi Response
Edited by Nathan Stoltzfus and Birgit Maier-Katkin
Afterword by David Clay Large
290 pages, 4 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78238-824-1 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (December 2015)
ISBN 978-1-78533-733-8 $34.95/£27.95 Pb Published (August 2017)
eISBN 978-1-78238-825-8 eBook
“The volume’s merit lies not only in the empirical clariﬁcation of the Rosenstraße controversy but also in drawing new attention to public forms of opposition during the Nazi regime, whereas research has mainly concentrated on consent and cooperation in the last years…[It will inspire work on confessional milieus, contributing to a more diﬀerentiated categorization of resistance and opposition on the one side and consent and cooperation on the other – or rather on the interminglement of the two.” • Journal of Contemporary History
“This is a solid book and a welcome addition to the literature. It should find a place on the reading lists of any course dealing with dictatorships, totalitarianism, or twentieth-century German history.” • HISTORY: Reviews of New Books
“Protest in Hitler's National Community: Popular Unrest and the Nazi Response is comprised of nine erudite and instructive articles that are impressively written works of seminal scholarship… [It] is strongly recommended for academic library 20th-Century German History reference collections in general, and Nazi History supplemental studies reading lists in particular.” • Midwest Book Review
“This collection represents a very useful introduction to, as well as historiographical stock-taking of, the field of protest, resistance and acquiescence in the Third Reich. I find the writing to be engaging and very well-suited to an advanced lay audience or informed undergraduate audience.” • Richard Steigmann-Gall, Kent State University
That Hitler’s Gestapo harshly suppressed any signs of opposition inside the Third Reich is a common misconception. This book presents studies of public dissent that prove this was not always the case. It examines circumstances under which “racial” Germans were motivated to protest, as well as the conditions determining the regime’s response. Workers, women, and religious groups all convinced the Nazis to appease rather than repress “racial” Germans. Expressions of discontent actually increased during the war, and Hitler remained willing to compromise in governing the German Volk as long as he thought the Reich could salvage victory.
Nathan Stoltzfus is Rintels Professor of Holocaust Studies at Florida State University. His most recent publication is Hitler’s Compromises: Coercion and Consensus in Nazi Germany (New Haven: Yale, 2016).
Birgit Maier-Katkin is Associate Professor of German at Florida State University. She is author of Silence and Acts of Memory: A Postwar Discourse on Literature, History, Anna Seghers, and Women in the Third Reich (Bucknell University Press, 2007).